When the River Ran Wild!: Indian Traditions on the Mid-Columbia and the Warm Springs Reservation / Edition 1

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Overview

""Nearly seventy-five years of my lifetime have come and gone since hearing of the sparse historical events from the old-timers," American Indian elder George Aguilar tells us. "It's my turn now." When the River Ran Wild! is Aguilar's recounting of events he heard about while watching his grandmother make moccasins by the light of a coal-oil lamp and while strapped to the back of his aunt's horse on the way to the huckleberry grounds. He learned them at Coyote's Fishing Place, where his uncles built scaffolds and taught him how to use traditional technologies to catch salmon as they made their seasonal runs up the river." "In this remarkable personal memoir and tribal history, we learn about Aguilar's people, the Kiksht-speaking Eastern Chinookans, who lived and worked for centuries connected to the rhythms and resources of the great fishing grounds of the Columbia River at Five Mile Rapids." "When the River Ran Wild! is the story of a culture and a community that has undergone tremendous change since 1805, when the River People encountered Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they traveled down the Columbia River on their way to the Pacific Ocean. To find the stories of that change, Aguilar draws on the journals and diaries of early White missionaries and settlers, such as Gabriel Franchere, Rev. Henry Perkins of Wascopum Mission, and A. B. Meacham. He found other stories in anthropological papers and historical studies that recorded the voices of people who practiced and remembered ceremonies and traditions that were lost or changed during the difficult years of removal to the Warm Springs Reservation in north-central Oregon. He heard yet others from tribal elders who have kept the history and stories of the River People in their memories." "When the River Ran Wild! is the history of names and naming, of deep family connections, and of traditional customs. It is a descriptive catalogue of the plants the River People used for sustenance and medical purposes,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295984841
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Services
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 541,635
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 River people 1
Ch. 2 Early childhood 23
Ch. 3 Wolford Canyon 39
Ch. 4 Flora 59
Ch. 5 Fauna 79
Ch. 6 Native salmon fishery 101
Ch. 7 Religion and beliefs 131
Ch. 8 Customs 159
Ch. 9 The giving of Indian names 183
Ch. 10 Warfare 207
Ch. 11 Myth and legend 225
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